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Mullinabrone, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Mullán na Brón ‘hillock of the millstone or quern’

Background

Whilst folk etymology has a tendency to record place-names containing –brone- as deriving from brón ‘sorrow’, the final element of this name derives from the genivite case of bró (gen. brón), meaning a ‘quern; millstone, grindstone’[1] Joyce also states that it can refer to a millstone attached to a water mill.[2]Mullinabrone is bordered on the west by the Agivey River, from which the land rises steeply to the summit of Brone Hill (70m) which is named from the final element of the townland name. Other minor place-names within the townland derived from the townland name are Upper Brone, Lower Brone and Brone Park. The element brón, whilst not common in place-names, can be seen in Cullenbrone in Co. Tyrone (Ir. Cluain (?) Brón ‘meadow of the millstone;’ Moybrone in Co. Fermanagh (Maigh Brón ‘plain of the millstone) and Tullybrone in Co. Armagh (Ir. Tulaigh Brón ‘the hillock of the millstone).



[1]
eDIL s.v. 1 bró

[2] Joyce i 376

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mullanbrone1653cBishop. Der. i 245
Mullenbrone1654DS Par. Map (Munn) 14
Mullenbrone1654Civ. Surv. iii 161
Mulmabrowe1659cCensus 1659 144
Mollenobron1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 64
Mullenbron1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Mullaghnabron1814Sampson (Munn) 14
~Mullach na Brón ""summit of the quern or handmill""1832J O'D (OSNB) 93 B135
~Mullach na Bróna ""the hill of sorrow""1832OSNB Inf. 93 B135
~Mullach-na-bron ""The little Summit of the quern, 1925Joyce (Munn) 14, 3.13
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Aghadowey
Parish in 1851
Aghadowey
Townland
None
Place name ID
19026
Place name type
T